Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home (WFH) has become more common, and many believe it has contributed to the “great exhaustion” in the workforce. Safe Work Australia has identified remote or isolated work as a psychological hazard. A study by the American Psychiatric Association shows that nearly two-thirds of people who spend some time working from home feel lonely or isolated, and for 17%, this feeling is constant.
Employers who have not prioritised workplace wellness may face problems such as worker’s compensation claims, toxic work cultures, poor performance, disengagement, and staff turnover.
Corporate wellness coach, Fiona Kane, advises employers to support healthy workplaces by providing healthy boundaries and encouraging activities that support movement, monthly health challenges, and connecting with nature. She suggests that having healthy boundaries and feeling safe and supported to ask for help when needed are crucial for employees’ well-being.
Here is some advice from Fiona to assist employers with staff working from home.
Workplace wellness involves investing in the health and well-being of employees to create a positive and productive work environment. This includes:
- Encouraging healthy habits such as exercise, healthy eating, and stress management
- Offering mental health support and resources
- Creating a positive and inclusive workplace culture
- Providing opportunities for personal and professional development
The state of mental health in the current market is a big problem, with stress and burnout being major concerns. The shift to remote work has created blurred lines between work and personal life and has resulted in isolation for some employees.
Employers can support healthy workplaces by:
- Encouraging healthy boundaries and open communication
- Providing opportunities for employees to connect with nature and exercise
- Offering fun and engaging health challenges
- Encouraging regular breaks and a proper lunch break
- Providing mental health support and resources
For employees feeling the effects of burnout, it is important to prioritise self-care and communicate with your employer about your workload and any adjustments that may be needed. Taking breaks, practicing stress management techniques, and seeking support from a mental health professional can also be helpful.
View Fiona Kane’s full interview as we take a deep dive into creating healthy workplaces.
Written by Nicole Sissini – Commercial Manager